Chief Schultz's move to 5-8s is starting to reap benefits... at least for those officers looking for overtime and even less sleep. May 17th the SOS went out in the form of a memo from the Valley Command asking for officers to volunteer for overtime Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.
It seems that calls are stacking up causing response times to increase. Our Eyes tell us that it's not uncommon for domestic violence calls to wait for an hour. To make matters worse, the gas crunch has the 5th floor considering replacing regular motorized patrols with bike patrols.
The move to 5-8s was supposed to improve response times. Instead calls are stacking up, officers are being asked to work even more overtime, and now APD is considering bike patrols.
Look, law enforcement is the first and most important function of government... period. Without security, businesses cannot function. Without businesses we don't have goods, services, jobs, and eventually people. Without people there is no government.
Our police and fire departments should be the last government agencies to cut back their services due to fuel costs. When your life is in danger you don't want to wait for a horse drawn fire engine or a pedal powered police officer. There are a lot of other city programs that can and should be cut before you endanger the public by choking the fuel to emergency responders.
One way to reduce the amount of gas used by the city's police officers is to return to 4-10s. The move would eliminate 2 trips - to and from work - for every officer in the field services bureau. More importantly, the savings wouldn't increase the risk to the public by increasing response times.